Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association
Association canadienne des propriétaires d’armes sans permis

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The Conservatives’ Statements in Praise of the Licencing Mandate
of the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act, Bill C-68

We will not be changing the requirement for individuals to hold a license.
Candice Hoeppner, MP, CPC, Portage-Lisgar, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety

All firearms owners will continue to be required to undergo background check, pass a safety training course, and possess a valid firearms licence.
The Honourable Vic Toews, P.C., Q.C., M.P., CPC, Minister of Public Safety

The point remains that it is a criminal offence for a decent, law-abiding, ordinary individual not to (be) properly licensed to acquire a firearm.
The Honourable Vic Toews, P.C., Q.C., M.P., CPC, Minister of Public Safety

The Government of Canada supports the current licensing scheme, which limits lawful possession of firearms to persons who have been screened to ensure that they do not pose a risk to public safety.
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, MP, CPC, Minister of Public Safety

We believe in a robust regime of firearm licensing.
Mr. Scott Armstrong, MP, Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley, CPC

We ensure, through rigorous testing, (licencing) that only those who are responsible and qualified come into possession of firearms.
Mr. Robert Sopuck, MP,Dauphin—Swan River—Marquette, CPC

A requirement for a valid firearms licence would remain in place.
Mr. Bryan Hayes, MP, Sault Ste. Marie, CPC

Just as important is what Bill C-19 would not do. It would not remove the requirement for Canadians to apply for a licence in order to own and use a long gun or any other type of firearm. They would also continue to face a requirement to undergo background checks and pass the standard Canadian firearms safety course.
Bill C-19 strikes an appropriate balance between the effective licensing measures
Mr. Chris Warkentin, MP, Peace River, CPC

I do not think we want to forget that individuals will still need to have valid licences to possess a firearm … If we look at what is in Bill C-19, we still have the licensing provisions and we still have the safety and the background checks. That is gun control, … .
Mr. Mike Allen, MP, Tobique—Mactaquac, CPC

That is why the government is investing $7 million annually to strengthen front-end screening of first-time firearms licence applicants … Canada's gun control laws, including very important licensing requirements, are robust and effective.
Mrs. Kelly Block, MP, Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, CPC

What we do know, however, is that the rules and regulations currently in place for licensing firearms are effective and reasonable. For this reason, Bill C-19 would not change the current licensing regime
… firearm owners would still require a valid licence to purchase or possess firearms. They would be required to undergo background checks, pass a firearm safety training course, and comply with firearm safe storage and transportation requirements … Bill C-19 would also require that individuals be in the possession of valid firearms licence when a firearm is purchased.
Mr. Ed Komarnicki, MP, Souris—Moose Mountain, CPC

Outdoors people, hunters, farmers and first nations support a system of licensing.
Mr. Dean Del Mastro, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, CPC

Nothing will change there. In fact, going one step further, we believe that the individuals should be licensed and not the guns.
Hon. Rob Merrifield, MP, Yellowhead, CPC